By: Lindsay Chandler, PCOS Food Advocate
Cardamom is a sweet and savory spice used in many different types of dishes. For me the flavor of cardamom marks a feeling of fall and the welcoming of the holiday season. Cardamom can be used in so many ways from spicy Indian-inspired dishes to warm beverages. Cardamom is considered the queen of spices and falls third in line of the most expensive spices in the world. Recently cardamom has gotten high praise for its health benefits and has even been compared to turmeric in its healing abilities.
Cardamom has been found to help with everything from oral health to digestive health, as well as aiding in respiratory issues. Cardamom in loaded with vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium and vitamin C. It also offers protein, fat and fiber as well as offering an array of nutrients like zinc, iron, and B vitamins. Cardamom also contains anti-inflammatory properties and can relieve joint and muscle pain. For thousands of years cardamom has been mixed with other medicinal spices to help heal stomach ulcers as well as reduce nausea and vomiting.
Incorporating cardamom into your diet can be easy. Keeping cardamom tea in your pantry can be a simple way to benefit from this amazing spice. A warm cup of tea can offer antibacterial properties that can be beneficial both internal as well as externally. Warm cardamom tea applied to a cotton ball can be used as an astringent to help heal minor cuts and scrapes. Keeping cardamom in the form of pods can easily be ground into powder for cooking and baking.
This holiday season try mixing up a warm chai latte which includes cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg. Here is a simple recipe to keep on hand when you crave these warm much flavors!
Holiday Spiced Chai Tea Recipe
– 1 Tbsp Cardamom
– 1 Tbsp Nutmeg
– 1 Tbsp Ginger
– 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
– 1 tsp black pepper
– 1 tsp cloves
Combine all spices and store in an airtight container.
Steep 1 cup black tea. Add tea, 1 tsp spice blend, and 1 date to a high power blender. Blend on high until hot and date has dissolved. Add a splash of coconut milk and enjoy!
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